Save On Books, Skip The Latte

Dec 23, 2003

By George Anderson

Book Market stores do not have a coffee bar or the other departments found in the likes of Barnes & Noble.

They do have a point of difference, however, as a no-frills book retailer offering deep discounts on current titles and classic literature.

David Hinkle, president, Book Warehouse-Book Market told the Associated Press, “Our books are cheaper than their coffee. Literally you can come into our stores and buy a great
hardback fiction book — that is three months old — that can be cheaper than what you can pay at the coffee bar in these other stores.”

Mary Wooten, a teacher from Pensacola, Fla. said, “I don’t care about the coffee bar. I can bring my books home and make my coffee here. Cheap, you know?”

Ms. Wooten shops Book Market because it has “great bargain prices on great books.”

Moderator’s Comment: Is all retailing coming down to two distinct types of operators — no frills discounters and those selling the experience such as
B&N, Wegman’s, etc.? Will Book Market do to its competition what discounters such as Wal-Mart have done to supermarkets and specialty outlets such as toy stores?

Personally, we’re looking for a bookstore with discount prices on books and coffee. We’d still like the comfy chairs too, please. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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